‪Ethiopian‬ ‪Aviation‬ Academy officially inaugurated

ADDIS ABABA, February 8 - In line with its "Vision 2025" strategic road map, Ethiopian Airlines Group has invested USD 100 million in breakthrough expansion and upgrading its Aviation Academy. The scale and scope of the expansion seals the Academy's position as the largest and the finest Aviation Academy in Africa with annual intake capacity of 4,000 students.

The new Ethiopian Aviation Academy has various class room buildings. The Technical block houses the Pilot Training School and the Aviation Maintenance Training School, while the Commercial and Leadership block accommodates the Inflight Services Training School, Commercial and Ground Services School and Leadership School. It also has a separate Administration building, workshops, auditorium, students' dormitory and large cafeteria. As an ATO (Authorized Training Organization), the B-777, B-787, B-737, B-767/757 and the Q-400 full flight simulators enable the academy to offer full type rating trainings for pilots. Currently, the academy has the best aviation training technology including a full range of fleet cabin emergency, evacuation and door trainers fitted with standard swimming pool for cabin crew ditching exercises and more than 20 pilot training aircraft.

The academy, a full ICAO TRINNAIR PLUS member, has been accredited by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as Authorized Training Center (ATC). It was also recognized as Airline Training Services Provider of the Year in 2014 by AFRAA. It is certified by the Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority, the U.S Federal Aviation Administration, the European Aviation Safety Agency and IOSA (International Air transport Association (IATA) safety Audit). The academy will be able to take 4000 students a year at the end of 2025.

-- Hanna Atnafu